The beautiful view while hiking to Pine Creek Cookhouse
The flower colors in Aspen are always so vibrant!
Stopped by one of my favorite brands –L’Occitane
Breakfast and/or coffee at Victoria + Co. Wine and Espresso Bar.
Stopping for a quick picture in the old ghost town of Ashcroft.
The gorgeous scenery while hiking Difficult Creek Trail.
Clark’s Oyster Bar just opened in Aspen. The original one is in Austin.
Be sure to stop at Pine Creek Cookhouse after you hike though Ashcroft. Sit outside and enjoy this view.
Head to Paradise Bakery for delectable backed goods and ice cream served with a mini cookie on top.
I love a good girls trip don’t you? Especially when it is in a beautiful location like Aspen, Colorado. There are 5 important lessons I learned last week while bunking up with these gals and today I am sharing them. After all, true girlfriends share their secrets. Also, if you need a little Aspen guide, I’m detailing the trip, including all the hot spots.
This trip is becoming a bit of a tradition. I love that Paige L. and Olivia K. include me on their Girls Trip list. It’s so fun to reconnect with good friends over hiking, delicious meals and spa treatments. I don’t know what it is about these trips but I always leave feeling so empowered. Perhaps it’s because women are such good listeners and always thoughtful. Here are 5 important lessons that I am reminded of when on a girls trip.
- Girls are kind, giving and truly mindful of one another while traveling together. No one ever feels left out or left behind on these trips. If you are on a trip where people are catty, you are on the wrong trip with the wrong people. Also, I love that we share how we shop and good finds. I discovered this sunglass brand through Paige and ordered mine online immediately. Plus, we taught Olivia how to order everything via Amazon Prime.
2. Don’t complicate the financial part. Travel with like-minded individuals who are of similar financial background and it will be much easier. We always just split the tab by the number of people at the table (no matter what you ordered or how many drinks you had).
3. If you are a guest, pick up the tab once in a while. We are fortunate that Paige is a homeowner in Aspen so I am happy to buy lunch/dinner/drinks to thank her. Oh, and don’t forget the Thank You note when you get home. Manners 101!
4. Bonding! Don’t underestimate the value of bonding. We get lots of this after dinner when we head back, open a bottle of wine and just talk. Usually we have put on our pajamas, scrubbed our faces and everyone’s hair is pulled into a topknot. I promise you that we could solve all political matters and implement world peace if called upon. That’s how much problem solving we do! FYI – These late night sessions lead to a late sleep in for some people (not me, just sayin’).
5. Exercise with friends. This seems so obvious but when you are on a girls trip, you are much more likely to join in with exercise. We did something every single day. Hiking, walking, Pilates class… no one just sits at home doing nothing. Oh, and we NEVER turned on the TV, which is so refreshing. I had no idea what was going on in the world and truthfully, I really didn’t care.
Whew! That’s it. What valuable lessons do you learn during a girls trip? I’m detailing all of our hot spots below in my travel guide. There are endless things to do in Aspen, Colorado but this is a starting point. Be sure to check out this blog post from my last trip there. This blog post is good too.
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Travel: You can fly from DFW direct to Aspen, Colorado on American Airlines seasonally during the summer. WildCat Touring also offers a flight from Dallas Lovefield to Aspen in the summer. It has a private terminal and no TSA lines which is a deal at $1,200 round trip on a private airline! There are many great hotels right in town.
Restaurants: The new hot spot that just opened last week is Clark’s Oyster Bar. Its’ so good and a must if you are in Aspen. The original one is in Austin, Texas. Other staples to hit: Maru, Matsu, The Wild Fig, Meat and Cheese, White House Tavern (this is a Hillstone concept restaurant), Poppycocks Cafe (get the oatmeal pancakes – to die for!), Paradise Bakery, Victoria + Co. Wine and Espresso Bar for breakfast/coffee and The Jerome bar for happy hour/late night drinks (also a fabulous hotel).
Do: Hike through the old ghost town of Ashcroft and wind up at the Pine Creek Cookhouse for lunch or snacks. Sit outside and enjoy nature! Our second hike was a trail called Difficult Creek Trail (rated moderate). It’s not that hard but when we looked at Paige’s app, we realized that we had climbed the equivalent of a 14 story building! Make sure you have good hiking shoes.
In town activity: Head to the newly opened O2:Aspen. We took a Pilates class and then scheduled messages for the afternoon. We all got the Bohemian Massage which was with CBD and Hemp oil (highly recommend/yes I get the pun) Be sure to make time to breath on the oxygen machine. The altitude will get to you quickly and this really helps.
Shop: Pitkin County Dry Goods, Gorsuch, Amen Wardy (great dog toys). Beware, there is a skincare store in town that promises the fountain of youth (for A LOT of money). It’s a total scam – don’t buy it!
Do you have any favorite’s from Aspen? Leave a comment and share. xoxo – Tanya